• May 1, 2021 •

Picture Size Settings Not Available On Samsung TV? Here’s the Fix.

Samsung is one of the biggest manufacturers of display panels and they produce one of the best displays in the market. Most of the high-quality display panels which are used by the brands are made of Samsung. Even, Apple’s own iPhone has a display which is made by Samsung. On the other hand, the TV made by Samsung is also of the highest quality. they make good quality of all sizes, smart Tv non-smart 4K, 8K their latest neo-QLED is the top of the line bleeding edge technology used in making of that TV’s display. However, with such high resolutions of TV, we need to adjust and make some changes so that the viewing experience also lives up to its hype. SO when it comes to changing the picture size on Samsung Tv, there are chances that you might see the picture size settings as greyed out and you don’t have access to change the settings. But not to worry below we have a tutorial which will help you in fixing the issue.

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Picture Size Settings On Samsung TV

We always like to customize the TV’s picture colour, saturation and more which suits the best for us. To adjust picture tuning we usually go to settings and then display settings and then we adjust the picture quality and colours. However, the picture size function might be disabled for you at times. So if the picture size setting is disabled, then it doesn’t mean that there is some issue with the TV. majorly the availability of the picture size actually depends on what source are you using to view the digital content.

For instance, on your Smart TV, you might not be able to change the resolution or aspect ratio of the apps. But on the other hand, you can customize a few of the picture settings on your TV, mainly when HDMI connects while playing content.

  • Picture Size
    • 16:9 Standard: This displays the picture in widescreen aspect ratio on your TV.
    • Custom: With the help of this you can customize the aspect ratio of the content manually on your own.
    • 4:3 Display: You can use this aspect ratio while watching the picture in SD(Standard Definition).
  • Fit To Screen: With this option, your TV will adjust the display content into fullscreen and will not cut images from any side and it will also not show any borders.
  • Zoom and Position

Different movies and TV series are released in different aspect ratio, and if the aspect ratio of the content you are watching does not match the aspect ratio of the TV then you will see either black borders on the edges of the screen or you might see the content being zoomed in which can cut some area of it.

Videos of different aspect ratio playing on a different aspect ratio will lead to either cutting of the scenes or the video will show black bars at the top and bottom of the video. or if you force to stretch and fill the empty space of your TV, then the content which is being played might become stretched and unbearable.

Picture Size Settings

So, you might be thinking that the main purpose of a TV is to show us content and videos. So it should have all the control and features regarding the same. However, in some scenarios, you might have seen that the picture aspect ratio setting is greyed out and you don’t have access to change the aspect ratio of your TV. The reason behind it is that the variable aspect ratio setting isn’t available for all content playing sources. You might get to see the aspect ratio setting enabled once you switch to a different source like a set-top box or satellite box. While on the other hand if you open any streaming app like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix or Hotstar, then you won’t be able to change the aspect ratio of your TV as these apps don’t allow and have a fixed aspect ratio on which content is always played.

Below we have briefly listed some of the aspect ratio settings which we recommend to be used as the optimal setting while watching TV in different sources.

Signal or Source InputAvailable Picture Size
Component (RGB cables)16:9 Standard, Custom, 4:3
Digital Channels (720p and 1080i/p)16:9 Standard, Custom, 4:3
Digital Channels (3840 x 2160p)16:9 Standard, Custom
Digital Channels (4096 x 2160p)16:9 Standard, Custom
HDMI (3840 x 2160p)16:9 Standard, Custom
HDMI (720p and 1080i/p)16:9 Standard, Custom, 4:3
HDMI (4096 x 2160p)16:9 Standard, Custom
USB (720p and 1080i/p)16:9 Standard, Custom, 4:3
USB (3840 x 2160p)16:9 Standard, Custom
USB (4096 x 2160 p)16:9 Standard, Custom

There are a few users who tried to play content on Prime video as well as using the HDMI connection using a laptop. While the users were able to choose the settings about the aspect ratio when they connected the HDMI via laptop and the custom setting was greyed out. However, while using Amazon Prime Video almost every setting related to picture size and aspect ratio was disabled.

If you connect your TV to an external source, almost all of the time you will get an option to change the aspect ratio and other picture settings right from the external device itself.

Changing Picture Size on Samsung TV

So if you are watching TV on a source that allows you to change aspect ratio and other picture settings. Here is a tutorial on how you can change the settings.

  1. From your TV’s remote press the Home or Menu button.
  2. Now, Go to Settings.
  3. Next, in the settings menu select the Picture setting option.
    Why Are Picture Size Settings Not Available On Your Samsung Tv?
  4. Navigate and highlight Picture Size Setting and click it.
  5. On the next screen, you should be able to change and customize the aspect ratio if you are on a compatible source.
  6. You can choose between different aspect ratios like 4:3, 16:9, and custom aspect ratios.
    Why Are Picture Size Settings Not Available On Your Samsung Tv?
  7. If you choose the fit to screen option then the TV will try to automatically adjust the aspect ratio and will fill the whole screen of your TV.
    Samsung Tv Picture Settings 3
  8. Lastly, by selecting the Zoom and Position option, users can zoom screen pictures from all four sides. Not to mention, users can also change the picture position on the screen horizontally and vertically. The Zoom and Position option works best with HDMI connections.
    Samsung Tv Picture Settings 4

Conclusion

So this was everything about a TV’s aspect ratio and its settings, customizing the aspect ratio of a TV can enhance the overall viewing experience a lot. Since we all invest more and more money in buying a good TV with thin bezels, but what would be the point of buying it, if the video showed already have black bars around the corners, so with the help of customizing aspect ratio users can eliminate the mismatch of aspect ratio between TV and video which is being played.

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